1980s

  1. WI: No Reagan Assassination Attempt

    I've seen several threads talking about what if Reagan had been assassinated on March 30, 1981 - when he came close to death at the hands of John Hinckley. However, a less common point of discussion is what if Hinckley had never tried to kill Reagan to begin with. The POD is Hinckley is arrested...
  2. DBWI: Reagan faces Mondale in 1984

    In 1984, Colorado Senator Gary Hart upset former Vice-President Walter Mondale to become the Democratic nominee for President. Reagan's team had hoped to face Mondale, who performed far worse in public opinion polling than Hart. Nonetheless, Reagan put up a tough fight against Hart - emphasizing...
  3. Red Wave: A World Bathed in Crimson
    Threadmarks: Foreword

    Hello everyone, this is my first TL here, so please go easy on me. Red Wave: A World Bathed in Crimson asks the question, "What if the Soviet Union 'won' the Cold War?" Yes, I am aware that TLs that take place during the Cold War are a bit overdone here, but this period of history is my area...
  4. AHC: Make "Cassette Futurism" real

    Cassette Futurism is an aesthetic where technology marches on from the late 20th century level to things like human space travel to Mars and AIs, however, you still have magnetic tape-based information storage, computers are still similar to the Commodore 64 with flickering monochrome CRT...
  5. Reagan Impeachment

    I know this has been discussed before, but I don't think I've really seen a timeline of what a Reagan impeachment over Iran Contra would have been like. In OTL Reagan acknowledged the scandal. Via the Source of all Knowledge: Reagan expressed regret regarding the situation in a nationally...
  6. Vidal

    Inferno: The 1980s and Beyond

    This timeline reimagines the 1980s, transforming it from the remembered halcyon days to a far more unstable decade. The point of divergence comes in the 1970s, and quickly snowballs into a dramatically altered universe in the next decade. Familiar characters have different roles, unfamiliar...
  7. AHC/WI Japan continues to be the high-tech, futuristic wonderland of the 1980s?

    What if by the 2010s, Japan continues to be a country that seems like to be at least 30 years ahead of the USA and Western Europe in technological development, and also completely free from the West's moral constraints, similar to its 1980s image? By the 2020s, Japan continues to be seen as a...
  8. flippikat

    AHC: Make 1980s music *less* 1980s

    Here's the keys to a time-machine. Your challenge (should you accept it) is to make music in the 1980s less identifiably 1980s - less gated reverb on the drums, less synths, more guitar.. you know the hallmarks. What do you do to change things?
  9. Frank Hart

    DBWI: Pragmatist or Reformist China in 1980s

    So as we know, the Gang of Four seized power in China in 1977, having purged the pragmatists like Hua Guofeng and reformists like Deng Xiaoping and Chen Yun a year earlier. The Cultural Revolution was still ongoing as of 1985, at the brink of the Second Chinese Civil War, and only officially...
  10. Alternate History - TV Pilots vs TV Series reverse of outcome effects.

    Hi everyone, good to meet you all. I'm active on Quora, and there was a recent question posted: In an alternate universe where all the successful 1970s and 1980s TV pilots failed, and the ones that failed instead succeeded, how would this have affected the TV stars' careers? For example...
  11. DBWI: Steven Spielberg Doesn't Direct "Return of the Jedi"

    In 1983, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas released their second film collaboration - "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi." Spielberg was always Lucas' first choice to direct the third Star Wars movie after "Empire" director Irvin Kershner walked away from the franchise. But it almost didn't happen -...
  12. If the Democrats Win in 1988, Does Perot Run in 1992?

    Suppose that a Democrat is elected President in 1988. (It doesn't have to be Dukakis. It could be Gore, Gephardt, and anyone else who failed in the primaries or didn't run IOTL). Does Ross Perot still run for President in 1992 (or 1996 for that matter)? If so, does he run as an independent or as...
  13. DBWI: Mark Hamill Doesn't Play Mozart

    After having played Mozart in the Broadway production of "Amadeus," Mark Hamill was cast in Milos Forman's 1984 film adaptation. Audiences were struck by Hamill's performance, having previously known him for his turn as the heroic Luke Skywalker. But Hamill's casting almost didn't happen. The...
  14. QueenofScots

    1989: A Space Timeline
    Threadmarks: I: STS-27

    This timeline can also be found on Sufficient Velocity. STS-27 Commander Howard “Skip” Johnson was the first to speak up. “We’re in deep shit.” The rest of the crew of Space Shuttle Atlantis were in agreement. On the second day of mission STS-27, December 3rd 1988, an unusual request was...
  15. DBWI: Roger Moore Doesn't Retire as Bond in 1981

    After having played James Bond for seven years, in 1980 Roger Moore decided to make 1981's "For Your Eyes Only" his final film as 007. The studio offered him more money to stay on, but Moore declined in order to pursue other projects. But what if Moore had decided otherwise, and he continued...
  16. DBWI: What if VHS beat LaserDisc in the Format Wars?

    When it comes to early home video, LaserDisc comes to mind for almost everyone. We all have fond memories of going out to buy or rent the newest movies on those large Vinyl-sized movies, which were just pretty to look at, both the movie quality and the shiny golden discs themselves, and flipping...
  17. DBWI: Alec Baldwin Doesn't Play Batman

    In 1988, fresh of the success of Beetlejuice, Tim Burton cast Alec Baldwin as the star of "Batman." Baldwin was chosen over comedic actors like Bill Murray and Michael Keaton, as Burton wanted a more dramatic and serious tone for his take on the Caped Crusader. But what if Baldwin hadn't been...
  18. Reagan's Presidency Without the Assassination Attempt

    How might Ronald Reagan's presidency have been different without the attempt on his life in March 1981?
  19. What Would America Be Like Without Ronald Reagan?

    Suppose that Gerald Ford had narrowly won a second term in 1976, and the 1980s are a Democratic decade. This almost certainly butterflies away a Ronald Reagan administration. What would America be like without the Reagan Presidency?
  20. 1980s Culture Under a Democratic US President

    Suppose that Gerald Ford had never made his infamous gaffe about Eastern Europe and he narrowly defeated Jimmy Carter in 1976. Four years later a Democrat is elected President. How would US and world culture evolve with the Democrats, not the Reagan Republicans, in charge during the 1980s?
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